Dean Shines At USAAB Combine

Fort Smith Northside junior defensive lineman Daytrieon Dean (6-3, 260), fresh off a big weekend at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl Combine, enjoys Arkansas fans' passion.

Unlike some in-state prospects, Fort Smith Northside's Daytrieon Dean enjoys the pressure Arkansas fans put on him to be a Razorback.

Dean, a 2015 prospect that just shined this past weekend at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl Combine in San Antonio, is a 6-foot-3, 260-pound defensive end.

He has offers from Ole Miss and Arkansas. He has also garnered interest from Arkansas State, Alabama and Oklahoma State.

Although he has not made a decision as to where he will attend college, he admits he loves the Razorbacks.

"I've grown up being an Arkansas fan," Dean said. "I've grown up around the Hog hats and the Razorback flags, so my whole life, I've been a fan of Arkansas.

"And that adds a lot of pressure. Anywhere I go, people tell me ‘go to Arkansas, go to Arkansas. We'll love you forever.' So it does add a lot of pressure. But I love it."

Even though Dean lives in Arkansas, he said most of the pressure he feels comes via social media.

"The fans, man, 24/7, they're tweeting at me, retweeting me, favoriting my tweets," he said. "They just encourage me to go to Arkansas. I love it. The fans are constantly on me on Twitter, but I appreciate their attention and care for me."

Dean is likely to get even more attention after a banner performance at the aforementioned U.S. Army All-American Combine.

"I wanted to go down there and compete and feel like I did really well," Dean said. "I learned a lot and got a chance to compete against some of the best players in the nation."

"I wanted to go down there and compete and feel like I did really well," Dean said. "I learned a lot and got a chance to compete against some of the best players in the nation."

He hopes to follow in the footsteps of El Dorado defensive tackle Bijhon Jackson, an Arkansas commit that played in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl on Saturday.

"That has been my goal since the ninth grade," Dean said. "I knew that I would need to go down there his weekend and have a great performance to get that chance. Hopefully I will now."

It's no secret that Charlie Partridge had the ability to lure defensive linemen to Arkansas. But Dean said Partridge's departure will play only a minor role in his final decision.

"I mean, it will play a little bit of a role. But whatever defensive line coach Arkansas gets, my priority is just going to be to meet him and get to know him and hopefully build a friendship," Dean said.

"I'll just want to see what his goals are and see what his philosophy is."

Even without Partridge, Dean is confident in head coach Bret Bielema's future at Arkansas.

"I like the fact that he puts guys in the NFL," Dean said. "Right now, he has a young team, but it has a very bright future. When you look at Alex Collins, Denver Kirkland, Dan Skipper and Hunter Henry, they made the All-Freshman team, but it's not shocking because he's good at developing players quickly.

"Coach B is a heck of a coach and I think Arkansas will be a force to be reckoned with next year."

Dean said he hopes to visit Arkansas sometime in the spring. If nothing else, he will attend camp there.





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